Did You Just Team Up With Cthulhu?
When a mortal and an Eldritch Abomination become friends and/or team up.
Not all cosmic entities hate humans arbitrarily. At the very least, some of them might recognize their potential, and sometimes they might even develop a genuine fascination with them. When a supposed Eldritch Abomination sides with a human (or any manner of "lower being", for that matter), that is Did You Just Team Up With Cthulhu. This will most likely be done by a Badass Normal or Badass Abnormal. Of course, with an ally so high on the Super Weight scale, the character risks becoming a Boring Invincible Hero/Villain, so for the plot to move forward, it is necessary that the alliance be either brief, strained, conditional, or rivaled (meaning there is an enemy of roughly equal or greater power to contend with). Contrast Did We Just Have Tea with Cthulhu? where a normal and an Eldritch Abomination associate casually, Did You Just Romance Cthulhu?, where this goes beyond a mere alliance/friendship. May result from Summon Bigger Fish, or from a combination of Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu? and Defeat Means Friendship. Distinct from Pals with Jesus in that this refers to a team with an actual task to fulfill. This trope only applies to the being allying itself with a specific individual or team of individuals. And it has to be out of respect or mutually beneficial. If the "lower being(s)" achieve this partnership by manipulating a weakness, it's Did You Just Scam Cthulhu?.
ExamplesAnime and Manga
- Hellsing has an Eldritch Abomination level vampire in the form of Alucard, who works for an organization that specializes in hunting vampires. It helps that he's extremely loyal to Integra and finds the vampires he hunts to be worthless scum.
- In Mahou Sensei Negima!, Evangeline A.K. McDowell membership in Ala Alba could be seen as this, especially given her status as a Noble Demon.
- Several of the Pokémon movies involve Legendary Pokemon, some of whom are basically Physical Gods, aiding the heroes against the Big Bad. This is especially the case for Giratina, a ghost-dragon Pokemon that even dwells in an Eldritch Location.
- The interactions in Aladdin between the titular character and his Benevolent Genie are a good example of this.
- Subverted in Gamera 3: Revenge Of Irys. At first it seems like Irys and Ayana have teamed up to stop the rampaging Gamera. But, it turns out Irys is evil and is simply using Ayana's hatred of Gamera to make him stronger and allow him to assimilate Ayana into his body so he can become strong enough to kill Gamera and allow the Gyaos to wipe out all of humanity.
- The Dresden Files: In Changes, Odin joins Harry Dresden's side.
- Catching the legendaries in any Pokémon game is somewhat an example of this, especially in the fourth generation, where they're basically Physical Gods.
- Mantorok in Eternal Darkness works with certain humans out of necessity, but arguably has some measure of respect for them.
- This was done by Cartman in South Park. When making a comic book story he had his Author Avatar, The Coon, teamed up with Cthulhu. It gets funnier when he treats Cthulhu as a second-rate member of his team by referring to their team as, "The Coon and Friend," and placates Cthulhu by faithfully re-creating the famous dog and kitten scene from the Looney Tunes short Feed the Kitty.
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